Booked for raping minor, Kerala priest on the run

After the police registered the case two days back, Figarez had gone into hiding.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: April 3, 2015 3:29 am

Kerala Police have registered a case against a Catholic priest on charges of raping a minor girl from the community.

Ernakulam rural police said the accused, Fr Edwin Figarez, is a 41-year-old member of the Kottappuram Catholic diocese. After the police registered the case two days back, Figarez had gone into hiding.

The police said the minor girl had been exploited several times since January. The last incident was on March 28. The girl revealed the trauma to her family a few days back, after which her mother complained to the police.

Police sources said Figarez is active in the field of Christian devotional songs and has several compositions to his credit. He allegedly lured the girl exploiting her interest in music.

The spokesman of the Kottapuram diocese was not available for comment. A receptionist at the Bishop’s House said all priests were engaged in the observance of the Passion Week.

Last May, a young Catholic priest of Thrissur diocese had been arrested on charges of raping a nine-year-old girl. Fr Raju Kokkan had lured the girl from a poor family promising her a new dress for her Holy Communion.

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    ha ha
    Apr 2, 2015 at 7:28 pm
    Rapists and molesters are there in society in different garbs. One Asaram Bapu is in jail for this very reason. Well, matter is sub judice, and shall ever be, cause thise is a hindu majority country. Does not sound right. Right? So, stop carping about hindu bashing by media and pseudo-secularists. If minorities feel insecure, then they have every reason to be. One wrong does not make another wrong, right. Right? The poor are always exploited. Those holding positions of power always do exploit. Period!
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      Ranjit Pandit
      Apr 3, 2015 at 6:13 pm
      The catholic priest should be prosecuted immediately and punished him at least ten years in imprisonment Pl don't blame all Christian community but request the Christians to note this and aware from this kind of priest All womens life in this country come in danger Beware from such rapers and try to lodge complaints against them
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        Apr 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm
        please remember JN 8:7 "Let anyone among you without sin be the first to throw a stone at him or her" Please remember the priest and girl in your prayers we also some time may fall in sin prayer is only solution.
        1. Dhurandar Bhatawdekar
          Apr 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm
          It happens everywhere in the world. Catholic priests sodomize and get caught later in their lives.
          1. Dhurandar Bhatawdekar
            Apr 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm
            chop of his thing and make him wash toilets for the rest of his life
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